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A take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with.

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Bringing Conflict Discussion into the Kitchen

  • Jun 16, 2010
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I was reading the Common Ground Blog earlier today and came across an article about this restaurant/kitchen in Pittsburgh called Kubideh Kitchen. The restaurant picks its menu based off of the countries the U.S. in in conflict with. The kitchen will rotate identities every four months to highlight another country the US is in conflict with. In addition to food, the kitchen will host events, performances and discussions about the culture and politics of the featured country. And if that wasn't unique enough the menu is currently a pamphlet of interviews from Iranians who shared their perspectives on everything from nuclear power to Iran's position on the state of Israel. 

I personally, find this initiative inspiring. I love food, and trying new types and dishes and what better way to explore new tastes, than to learn about the country from which they come and how my own country relates to them. This concept of food bringing people together can be applied on an even smaller level to those in our own communities, inviting neighbors over for dinner and learning about them instead of judging them from a far. The presence of food that both parties enjoys is a consistent common ground.

So the next time you want friends to meet who you think might not get along, have a dinner party! and ask them both to make a dish, which hopefully they can bond over. =)

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August 02, 2011
This sounds like a great idea to bring people with different cultural perspectives together.
January 04, 2011
Food, cooking, and dinner conversation are definitely great ways to bring people together and help establish a common ground. And this restaurant concept is so inspiring and interesting. I just shared this on Twitter so that others can learn about it too. Thanks!
July 19, 2010
This is a link to another article posted on the SFCG blog about this kitchen, in case anyone wants to read it! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehr...king-up-a-dialogue.html
June 23, 2010
What a neat and unique concept. Loved this review!
June 23, 2010
Very cool. I hadn't heard about this place, but i love the concept. Thanks for sharing this!
June 22, 2010
I've never heard of anything like this before, but what a great concept!  As someone who is food-obsessed and believes that people can really bond over food (just check out my Gourmand community!), I love it.  Thanks for enlightening me, Laura! :)  By the way, I changed the name of this topic to the name of the restaurant so that more people can share their thoughts on it, too ;)
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My name is Laura, I am currently living in D.C. and attend American University. I am originally from Staten Island, NY. I am majoring in International Relations with a focus in Peace and Conflict Resolution. … more
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Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront, which will rotate identities every 4 months to highlight another country.  Each Conflict Kitchen iteration will be augmented by events, performances, and discussion about the the culture, politics, and issues at stake with each county we focus on.

Kubideh Kitchen is an Iranian take-out restaurant that serves kubideh in freshly baked barbari bread with onion, mint, and basil. Developed in collaboration with members of the Pittsburgh Iranian community, the sandwich is packaged in a custom-designed wrapper that includes interviews with Iranians both in Pittsburgh and Iran on subjects ranging from Iranian food and poetry to the current political turmoil.


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